Nitin Shabbir of Cardz Middle East overlooks a card issuer as he works on the system to issue a student his card. Approxmiately 100 people were hired temporarily for data entry for this project, which assisted in local employment.

Compiled by Erin J. Fellores

The Indian state of Karnataka is implementing a bus pass system to students, and then the public at large, which will assist the daily user traffic of 250,000 passengers.

The transportation company in charge of the bus pass system is a large, service oriented public-sector that owns 6,000 vehicles and carries 250,000 passengers every day.

Prior to the system, students would identify themselves with their school or college ID card and would be given concession tickets via a manual ticketing system. The system was selected in order to increase accountability and speed up the process of dispensing secured bus passes. A personalized card is given to each student; when the card is brought within range of the Electronic Ticketing Machine (ETM), their bus pass is automatically generated.

“This is an important project for Cardz Middle East, and we’re excited to be tackling something of this scale,” says Nitin Shabbir, managing director of Cardz Middle East. “We are integrating DigiOn24 Mifare Encoders with Nisca PR5350 high-speed printers, to provide smooth automation and printing.” The new bus pass system also uses Mifare 1K cards, and a fully colored card personalization with encoding takes only 30 seconds to print.

“Our fast, high-quality printers contribute to the overall efficiency of the Mifare process, and to the ultimate objective of smooth and speedy transits,” says Irina Polunina of Team Nisca.

Initially to be introduced only for students, the ID system will gradually expand to the general public, with a target issuance of half a million cards per year. Cardz Middle East has developed a custom software system to print and encode the cards, connecting it with a database. Depending upon the student’s requirements, passes will be issued on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.